One of the tough considerations any school district faces is, “What do you do about those old versions of Windows running on decrepit computers?” It’s a question to ponder the response to, especially when you consider the following data:

An IDC study commissioned by Microsoft discovered that supporting XP now costs companies and schools five times what it would cost them to support Windows 7…researchers discovered that on average 42% of business PCs are still running the aging OS. When Microsoft finally ends every vestige of support for XP a little under a year from now, 11% of PCs in business are likely to still be running what will then be a 13-year-old OS. 

…some core IT tasks take nearly twice the time and energy when it comes to XP than to Windows 7. Security patching required 82% more time, mitigating malware took 90% more time, and help desk calls more 84% less time. 

IDC’s projections taken to an extreme for large businesses, 230 PCs running Windows XP rather than Windows 7 essentially requires an additional full-time IT staff member. Put a slightly different way, transitioning a worker from XP to Windows 7 results in a 137% return on investment over three years.

Let those numbers sink in a bit. If you’re in an environment where you are obligated to support Windows computers, the “Microsoft commissioned study” suggests that cleaning off that old Windows operating system and upgrading to Windows 7 will pay off quick in terms of staff time.

Organizations reported that they spent 82% less time managing patches on Windows 7 systems than they did on Windows XP, 90% less time mitigating malware, and 84% less help desk time. (Source: ComputerWorld)

Well worth the cost and a handy argument when you’re asking for more money to upgrade, no? Of course, you could always take this route, if you’re brave enough….

All in good-natured fun, right? 😉

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